TEMPLEMORE Town Council paid tribute at its meeting this Monday to former councillor PJ Hoctor, who served on the council from 1994 to 1999, and who died last Thursday.
Cllr Mick Connell proposed the vote of sympathy to Mr Hoctor’s family.
“While I didn’t serve with him, I know from people who did that he was a man of few words but that he got straight to the point. He was a great family man and tradesman,” he said.
Cllr Lily O’Brien said that she served with Mr Hoctor in 1999, and while they were from a different political divide, they got on great in the council chamber. She described him a “true gentleman”.
“He was a very gentle and lovely person to know,” said Cllr Maura Byrne, who knew Mr Hoctor through her father.
Cllr Valerie Young conveyed her sympathies on behalf of herself and her father, Henry, who served with Mr Hoctor.
Cllr Martin Fogarty said that he knew Mr Hoctor through the music businesss and that he was a fine musician as well as being a gentleman.
“He was a gentleman and a helpful neighbour,” said Cllr Jim O’Shea, who stated that Mr Hoctor had withdrawn from the 1999 election so that he could stand.
“He had a cool head. His contributions were short and succinct and you would nearly miss them unless you were really listening. He will be a big loss to the community and to his neighbours. During the last freeze-up he was out delivering water to his neighbours,” he said. “I am glad to have known him and to have had the benefit of his wisdom.”
Cllr Michael Ryan said that Mr Hoctor “knew what he was about and was always there to give you advice”.
Cllr Marcus Wilson said that Mr Hoctor was a person who put a lot into the community. “He worked extremely hard, but still found time to be a member of this council. He will be a loss to his family and to the community in general.”
Town clerk Tom McGrath said that the former councillor had been a “proud member of the council from 1994 to 1999. He was a man of few words but contributed greatly in his short time with us”.